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Benefits Officers Center

What's New in Retirement Benefits

Online Course

Benefits Officers Training and Development is very happy to announce the availability of our first on-line course—CSRS Offset.

OPM's CSRS Offset training covers the major aspects of the CSRS Offset program from a benefits officer's point of view including:

  • Coverage determinations
  • Decision factors
  • Service requirements and other benefits
  • Annuity provisions
  • Offset computations
  • Interrelationship with Social Security

Register for the course at our secure on-line registration site.


Benefits Officers Training and Development (BOTD) is building a webcast library of topics for the human resource professional. 

DateWebcastWebcast PowerPoint Presentation
October 19, 2012 A Healthy Retirement
December 17, 2012 Retirement Disability
July 23, 2013 CSRS and FERS Overview CSRS and FERS Overview
September 13, 2013 Civilian Redeposits Civilian Redeposits
September 16, 2013 Civilian Deposits Civilian Deposits

You can watch these and other videos at our Media Center.

Future webcasts will be announced through our Benefits Administration Information mailing list. Please see the information below to join this mailing list.

Recent Benefits Administration Letters
February 2014 Benefits Administration Letter 14-105 Updates to the Data Exchange Gateway and Important Reminders
Attachment 1: DEG Data Set
Attachment 2: Cover Sheet
February 2014 Benefits Administration Letter 14-104 Dual Entitlement to Disability and Immediate Optional Retirement
January 2014 Benefits Administration Letter 14-103 Documenting a Retiring Employee’s Eligibility to Continue Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Enrollment into Retirement
January 2014 Benefits Administration Letter 14-102 Federal Employees Retirement System- Further Revised Annuity Employees (FRAE)
January 2014 Benefits Administration Letter 14-101 Annual Changes
July 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-203 Coverage of Same-Sex Spouses
June 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-202 CLER Enhancement to Provide Premium Payment Data to Carriers
Attachment 1: Centralized Enrollment Clearinghouse (CLER) Payroll Office Enrollment File Layout
June 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-103 Military Deposits
June 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-102 FERS Revised Annuity
February 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-101 Annual Changes
February 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-301 March 2013 Headcount
January 2013 Benefits Administration Letter 13-801 The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program (FSAFEDS): 2013 Administrative Fees

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Retirement In Focus

Federal Ballpark Estimate

OPM developed the Federal Ballpark Estimate,  a savings goal worksheet.  You can use the Federal Ballpark Estimate to automatically calculate estimates of future Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) or Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS) retirement benefits and Thrift Savings Plan account balances.  It will also let you know how well you are doing in meeting your savings goal.  The Federal Ballpark Estimate was developed in partnership with the American Savings Education Council (ASEC) of the Employee Benefits Research Institute.

Retirement Financial Literacy and Education Strategy

OPM has developed a retirement financial literacy and education strategy for Federal employees.  The plan is designed to educate Federal employees on the need for retirement savings and investment, provide information on how to plan for retirement and how to calculate the retirement investment needed to meet their retirement goals.  View additional information on the Benefits Officers Training page.

Implementation of Retirement Coverage Error Corrections Legislation

The online FERCCA Database is now closed.  Agencies are encouraged to continue to notify and educate employees on FERCCA and to review employee's personnel records as needed.  Agencies are reminded to notify your agency's headquarters level Benefits Officer if you identify any individual(s) who have a retirement coverage error and are eligible for relief under FERCCA; the Benefits Officer will then notify OPM.

Visit our FERCCA Home Page for further information and to view the FERCCA FAQ's.   The FERCCA Homepage provides you with everything you need to know about FERCCA and it's implementation.  We suggest that you bookmark it for future reference.

Visit the Insure site for more information on the other part of this legislation, long-term care insurance.

Benefits Administration Information Online Mailing List

Are you registered for the Benefits Administration Information (BENEFTS INFO) online mailing list?  The Benefits Administration Information list emails information, primarily Benefits Administration Letters (BAL), to subscribers. While the primary customers for the Benefits Administration Information list are agency benefits officers, anyone, anywhere can subscribe to the list. Benefits Administration Letters will be sent to list subscribers automatically.

Information about this mailing list can be found in BAL 00-701.

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Retirement Resources Summary

This website provides theses resources for HR Specialists.

  • Benefits Officers Publications - Retirement and Insurance handbooks, administration letters, and pamphlets
  • FERRCA - Federal Erroneous Retirement Coverage Corrections Act (FERCCA) Homepage provides you with everything you need to know about FERCCA and it's implementation.
  • Resource Links - Quick links to retirement and insurance web pages at OPM and other agencies.
  • Tools and Aids - Federal retirement Tools and Aids for Federal Benefits Officers.
  • Training and Education - Retirement workshops for HR Specialists and education programs for agency staff.

Additional information is added to this page on a regular basis.  Suggestions for information and services that you would like to see added to these pages, should be directed to the Benefits Officers Training and Development at

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